Sixth grade teacher Mary Bond, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, decided there were far too many public displays of affection among her adolescent students. But instead of taking a moderated stance, Ms. Bond turned a little heavy handed.

How so? She declared that “there would be no talking between boys and girls,” reports Portland’s KATU-TV. But rather than simply complain, her spunky first-amendment minded students decided to stage a protest.

Protesting outside the school, students carried signs with slogans “Speak to Whomever, Whenever,” and “Freedom of Speech.” Hooray for the students, whose protests led the principal to lift the teacher’s ban. What a fantastic, albeit unintentional, lesson in constitutional rights, social organization, and civic activism!